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Advanced Pedagogy - National Board

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Track - M.Ed. with a concentration in Advanced Pedagogy Professional Education
This track includes the National Board Certification process.

Professional and Secondary Education at ESU is the only university that offers National Board Certification, and provides a pathway to an M.Ed. within the same program. This unique partnership allows teachers to earn the most respected teacher certification because the professional development focuses on ongoing growth, not merely outcomes.

Students interested in this option may have completed National Board Certification and are now interested in an M.Ed. with National Board Certification. In order to achieve certification, candidates must have taught for three years, but interested students can begin classes at the first teaching job to be eligible when time requirements are met.

Program Completion Requirements

Course completion with minimum 3.0 cumulative QPA; Completed Plan of Study filed with the Graduate Office; Pass Comprehensive Assessment Portfolio review; apply for graduation and degree is conferred. See your advisor for clarification and updated changes for program clarification.

Major Steps in the Process

  1. APPLY: National Board Certification Only OR M.Ed. in Advanced Pedagogy: Apply to the Graduate Program in Professional and Secondary Education, and identify your track, Advanced Pedagogy
  2. START: Once you are accepted into the program. You will work with facilitators that have been National Board Certified and are dedicated to the program. You will complete requirements for certification.
  3. Plan of Study: After taking 6-9 credits, meet with your advisor to determine the courses that align to your career goals. The plan of study will be signed by you, the graduate coordinator, department chair, and graduate director. Your signed Plan of Study will be sent by email. Please retain the Plan of Study for your records.
  4. Comprehensive Assessment Portfolio: While you are completing your courses, gather artifacts, read and write reflections for your comprehensive assessment portfolio. The portfolio is a chance to highlight your unique professional perspectives. You will present your portfolio the last semester of your program. Please review the full document, and ask if you have questions: Comprehensive Assessment Policy and Protocol Manual & Reading List
  5. Complete Courses on your Plan of Study or work with your advisor to make modifications.
  6. Finishing Up - Last Semester:
    Apply for Graduation the beginning of your last semester. Present your Comprehensive Assessment Portfolio: This is a time to display and describe your learning, reflection on your professional experiences and readings. Send an email to PSED Secretary, Ms. Carolyn Cooper Chambliss, to determine presentation times. You will present in the last half of the semester.

For questions about the program please contact:
Douglas Lare
(570) 422-3431